Sunday, September 10, 2006

The End of a Season, the End of a Continent, the End of an Era, the End of an Empire, the End of this Title



I'm in my office on Sunday, just before 7 p.m. The sun is hanging out to the west in a golden pink haze behind the office buildings of downtown L.A. -- almost exactly as in the scene from Tyrell's office in Bladerunner in Los Angeles in 2019.


Tyrell Corporation building


Unfortunately, my office building does not look like a gigantic Mayan temple, although it is pretty weird looking.


Octopus often found deep inside here. Usually wedged into the very acute corner of the building.


I don't think they had flying buses in Bladerunner. Perhaps they should have. I think the flying bus below is Chinese. They really are quite ahead of us these days.

6 comments:

MK said...

That flying bus is a screenshot from Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 with a freeware ground vehicle bus that can be downloaded freely on the web.

Octopus Grigori said...

Thanks for the info. I am going to go download that flying bus now.

MK said...

It's utterly useless if you don't have FS2004 installed. Basically, some guys realized that hey, if you can taxi a plane around a tarmac in FS, then you can also create ground vehicles with which to drive around. But the underlying physics of the game are such that the sim only knows objects that also can fly. So the dynamics of any ground vehicle usually inevitably include the possibility that it will fly at a certain speed if you pull back the stick. It wasn't per se designed to be a flying bus.

MK said...

BTW, the bus can be found here: http://www.bekkoame.ne.jp/i/m28hama/ (click on the picture of the yellow SUV)

MK said...

Oh. I forgot. You have an old Mac. This whole discussion is purely academic then. You need a PC for this.

Octopus Grigori said...

But the underlying physics of the game are such that the sim only knows objects that also can fly. So the dynamics of any ground vehicle usually inevitably include the possibility that it will fly at a certain speed if you pull back the stick.

That is fantastic. Everything should work like that. Perhaps at my soccer game tonight, if I get a clear run down the wing, there will be a possibility that I will fly at a certain speed if I pull back the stick.

I'll lift off and fly straight out of Griffith Park, over the 134 freeway, and off toward Burbank.